- Audio CD (June 7 2011)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Sony
- ASIN: B0015RCUTG
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All Shook Up
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So what was, and is so dissapointing about this album? I can't speak for the 14 year old I was in 1980 hearing this album for the first time, but now looking back on it as an adult, it's easy to see the biggest problem with this album is that it's mediocre. There's nothing bad about it, but there's nothing great either. Like a pulp fiction novel, you forget everything that was in it the minute you are through with it. It is no more outstanding than a dozen other overproduced albums by big name arena rockers that came out around the same time or shortly after. And that would be just fine if it were a Journey, Foreigner, Styx, or REO album, but it wasn't. Cheap Trick had been better, more clever, more talented than any of those guys up until this point, but suddenly they morphed into just another Dinosaur Rock band on this album. As I remember, at the time, I thought they had sold out. Now it seems to me they were just trying too hard to hold on the fame they had garnered from Budokan, by letting George Martin turn them into something they weren't in the vain pursuit of having another hit album.
But to make a long story short, the worst thing about this album is that everything that had made them so attractive on their first 3 albums, and Budokan was gone on this album. The wild, frenetic intensity they'd had in the past is nowhere to be found on this album. In short this album is not fun! If you don't know what I'm talking about, go back and listen to Cheap Trick, In Color, Heaven Tonight, and even Dream Police and it'll hit you right away. That wild, crazy, makes you want to get up and dance till you drop, spirit of the first albums is just not here.
And with all due to respect to everyone who stayed with Cheap Trick through the Eighties and Nineties, yes I know they have made worse records than All Shook Up. I've heard a few of them, which I won't go into here. But when you put this record in the context of their history, I'd vote for it as the most dissapointing album they ever made. Cheap Trick was on top of the world in 1980, and it always seemed to me they could have had it all for a long time to come if they'd been able to find the strength of will to stay true to themselves and the unique sound they'd created at this point in their history. If they had, they might still be selling out Arena's all over the country even today, instead of playing county fairs and opening for other old Dinosaur rockers.
But they have done songs called "World's Greatest Lover", "Just Got Back", "Stop this Game", "Can't Stop it But I'm Gonna Try" and most importantly - MOST importantly - "I Love You Honey But I Hate Your Friends" which should be considered one of the all-time great rock and roll standards, if you're really interested in knowing how it's done.
All of the aforementioned songs as well as the rest of them (OK, maybe not "Go For the Throat", which is inexplicable) show Cheap Trick in top form, pushed to great heights by the esteemed and legendary George Martin, world's greatest producer (who gets to do a voiceover on the subject of rock and roll on the album).
If it's been done better, it's only on "In Color" or "One on One" and even that's debatable.
But there is no "Can't Stop the Music". Sorry.
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